African proper adj

OE < L. < Semitic afar, dust, fawn, gazelle; see Epher, son of Ketura and Abraham (see Gen. 25:1-4); also, < Phoenician Afryquah, a colony, first applied to Carthage.

  1. Ethiopian; from the continent south of Europe; characteristic of the southern hemisphere of the Old World; of the countries including Egypt, Liberia, and the Barbary states ; pertaining to countries near the Equator; [fig.] sunny; equatorial; tropical; warm; wild; exotic; summer-like; (see ED letters).